Issues of the Day

Caribbean Self, African Selfie, By Pius Adesanmi

Keynote lecture delivered at the inauguration of the Connections Week of the Caribbean and African Association of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, March 10, 2014 I bring you warm greetings from Accra, Ghana, where I am currently based. I understand that winter has been particularly brutal this year.…
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Opinion

Prosecute [not just Sack] Abba Moro For Recruitment Tragedy, By Jiti Ogunye

On Saturday, 15th of March, 2014, the ides of March, the Ministry of Internal Affairs ( Interior),  Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), and the public officers responsible for the Ministry and NIS, principally Abba Moro, the Interior Minister  and David Parradang, the Comptroller General of Immigrations jointly and severally killed, at…
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Opinion

NIS and the Case of Murder By Negligence, By Azeenarh Mohammed (@xeenarh)

Before sunrise, in the early hours of Saturday seven young Nigerians put on white shirts and left their homes. In their hands their school certificates, a pencil, biro and eraser. They were heading toward the national stadium, intending to partake in the lottery-like Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment exercise. A…
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Opinion

Who is A Nigerian? A Question at the Heart of Rebuilding Nigeria, By Marcel Ojinnaka

I had wanted to invest in the US stock market since early 2012, but was advised to hold off a bit and watch how things would fare. The market’s recovery from the 2008 crash was still dicey and I was warned I could lose my small change as easily as…
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Opinion

Nigeria Immigration Recruitment Tragedy: Matters Arising, By Tolu Ogunlesi

"If we can’t provide for today’s 100 million or so young people, how will we take care of double that number?" When it rains it pours. These are not the best of times for President Jonathan. Just when the clamour for answers to the mystery of the missing $20 billion…
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Economy

The Constitution and Presidential Powers, By Ifeanyi Uddin

The recent spat between the newly appointed defence minister, General Aliyu Gusau (rtd.) and the military chiefs of staff over reporting lines has resonated in the most unlikely places. I believe, the most startling of these resonances, is the possibility that the office of the federal minister of (or for)…
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